Rescue workers are searching for a family of three who had been staying in a residential building in southern Italy that collapsed following an explosion caused by a gas leak today (Thursday).
At least 10 people in surrounding buildings were slightly injured.
Conversano Mayor Giuseppe Lovascio told Sky 24 Italian television that an Italian-Dutch couple with a small child had arrived from the Netherlands two days ago.
He said their whereabouts is unknown, and that authorities have tried calling their mobile phone, but it went unanswered.
`’We cannot rule out victims,” Lovascio said. Lovascio said the injured in the nearby buildings included a child.
The explosion occurred in the historic center of the town, which has been evacuated due to a smell of gas.
A second building that collapsed was not occupied. Conversano is located south of the city of Bari in the Apulia region, which forms the heel of the Italian boot.
Thursday, 07 June, 2012 at 12:00 (12:00 PM) UTC RSOE